Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of gastroenteritis?

Updated: Feb 10, 2017
  • Author: Arthur Diskin, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Significantly higher mortality is observed among women and non-Hispanic white individuals. [19]

Gastroenteritis may occur at any age. Morbidity and mortality are much higher in the very young and the very old. It is a major cause of mortality among children younger than 5 years in developing countries, and persons aged 65 years or older account for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. [19]

Norovirus has become the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in children younger than 5 years seeking medical attention in the United States since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine. [9]

Pediatric gastroenteritis is discussed in the Medscape Drugs & Diseases article Pediatric Gastroenteritis.


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